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SarahAshley
01-09-12, 12:15 PM
Hi,
I need a new digital camera for university, I have a budget of 80.

I am looking for something that produces good quality pictures, obviously.
High mega pixels
Good quality zoom and flash
A number of useful features
Good video recording features (would be used to record people talking)
And able to be charged, not battery powered

I do not know much about cameras, and I know I havent got much to work with but if anyone knows of a good digital camera with these qualities and within this price range, please recommend!

Sarah

Chris Cool
01-09-12, 12:51 PM
Hi and welcome.

With only 80 to spend it's quite a tall order to get you something usable.

However, Fujifilm do their own refurbished cameras which makes them good as new.

Clicky for price and details (http://shop.fujifilm.co.uk/finepix-s1600-refurbished.html)

Read all about it here CLICKY (http://www.photographyblog.com/reviews/fujifilm_finepix_s1600_review/)

And don't forget. Post processing is an important part of photography and should be used to sharpen and enhance pictures taken with your camera. If you don't have an imaging editor, then use the one in my signature below. There are 32 video tutorials-Clicky (http://ictpublish.com/pixlr/) to get you started. The most useful is the Adjusting levels-Clicky (http://ictpublish.com/pixlr/Videoes/06_Levels/06_Levels.html) and for even more adjustment. The Curves tool-Clicky (http://ictpublish.com/pixlr/Videoes/07_Curves/07_Curves.html) is a must (it's my favourite all-in-one adjuster). My Resize-Crop-Sharpen tutorial below, will get your pics ready for the internet or whatever :cool:

Cheers!

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SarahAshley
01-09-12, 01:04 PM
Hi Chris,

Thanks for your input. Yes thats true that it's quite a lot to ask for a small budget, but I'm just after the best thing out there I can get for such a price.

I was after something more small, that camera looks great, its just I'd be taking it out with me in my handbag so was after something more practical, hense the small budget.

That camera does look great for recording though, are refurblished cameras safe to buy?

Sarah

Chris Cool
01-09-12, 02:08 PM
Thanks for your input. Yes thats true that it's quite a lot to ask for a small budget, but I'm just after the best thing out there I can get for such a price.Not much at that price but point 'n shoot!


I was after something more small, that camera looks great, its just I'd be taking it out with me in my handbag so was after something more practical, hense the small budget.I thought you wanted it for college work sorry.


That camera does look great for recording though, are refurbished cameras safe to buy?It's not that big and would fit in a handbag. Refurbished by the manufacture can be as good as new - better than second hand.


Okay, well, my daughter carries a simple point 'n shoot that has two screens so she can photograph her and her mates LOL. It's a fun camera to carry at all times.

It's the Samsung dual screen PL120 Clicky for price 73.95 plus details. (http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B004M5ICOU/ref=asc_df_B004M5ICOU9477016?smid=A2OZOPKJCIMQDE&tag=pricerunner-ce-3p-21&linkCode=asn&creative=22218&creativeASIN=B004M5ICOU&ascsubtag=a01209018e5578ea2dc35e85e663917a)

Read about it here Clicky (http://www.photographyblog.com/reviews/samsung_pl120_review/)

And don't forget what I said about enhancing photos before posting to FaceBook etc with the free software in my signature. My daughter uses it all the time as she's a fuss pot LOL.

Have fun!


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SarahAshley
01-09-12, 02:13 PM
Thank you very much!

I will definitely look into that camera!
I have found this http://www.cameras.co.uk/reviews/panasonic-dmc-s5.cfm
Seems like a decent camera too, what do you think?

And I use Picasa to edit my pictures. :)

Chris Cool
01-09-12, 02:25 PM
All the brand names at that price will take a reasonable picture. So it's up to you. The dual screen is fun though!

I shoot with Panasonic TZ series. Shame you can't borrow some money and get a decent compact like this Clicky for price and details (http://www.jessops.com/online.store/products/80675/show.html) Started out at 350!!! So is a real bargain now!

Review here Clicky (http://www.photographyblog.com/reviews/panasonic_lumix_dmc_tz20_review/)

Okay about Picasa. At least you understand how to enhance your images. A lot of people expect shots to come out of the camera picture perfect LOL

Cheers!

SarahAshley
01-09-12, 03:31 PM
I have the money, I just dont want to spend too much in case I lose it on a night out!

Is it worth the price of 150? And do you think this camera or the Samsung camera with the 2 screens that your daughter has is good enough quality to record videos to show small details on someones face? Its second use would be for makeup tutorials to post on Youtube, which you probably won't know too much about, but I'm just after a camera that will pay enough attention detail!

Chris Cool
01-09-12, 04:09 PM
I have the money, I just dont want to spend too much in case I lose it on a night out!Ah, well, there's no answer to that LOL

Here is a link to a Youtube video with the Samsung Clicky (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6gA0SfPPBI0&feature=youtube_gdata)

Here is a link to a Youtube video with the Panasonic Clicky (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dsmoqNi9SAQ) Like I said, it was 350 to start with. You do the math LOL

I understand about make-up tutorials. Not sure about the quality you get on Youtube. Best check other make-up tutorials.

Obviously you will use a tripod which will make a lot of difference. You will have to search Youtube for more examples of both cameras

Amazon has a 30 day returns policy, so you could suck it and see with regards the Samsung.

Cheers!


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